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Bahamian National Parks a source of National Pride

  On Tuesday, July 10th, The Bahamas celebrates its 45 Independence Anniversary.  As we travel through the archipelago, we see buildings draped with our national colours of aquamarine, gold, and black. The black representing the strength and determination of the Bahamian people and the aquamarine and gold the rich resources of the land and sea.  The coat of arms proudly displays a conch shell surrounded by palm fronds with the Marlin and flamingo supporting the shield.  representative of the flora and fauna of the archipelago – the marlin and flamingo being recognized as national animals of The Bahamas. As we...
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They’re Our MPA’s, Let’s Protect Them!

  Seeing poachers abusing your national park is never an easy thing to comprehend. It happens time after time, and every single incident of poaching leads to a flood of different emotions. Sure; as you suit up, fire up the engine, and race offshore together with an RBDF Marine you feel the excitement, thrill, and suspense of another potential bust. However, the feeling of sadness and despair that comes from what these fishermen are doing, how they are blatantly disregarding the Marine Protected Area that you are tasked with protecting, tends to overcome that initial adrenaline rush.   A week...
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Andros: Working to Save a Critically Endangered Endemic “The Bahama Oriole”

  Andros is an amazing archipelago of islands and supports a rich biodiversity. It is also home to five of our 32 national parks including the largest national park in The Bahamas, the 1.2 million acres West Side national park. Of the four endemic species of birds found on Andros, The Bahama Oriole is probably the most fascinating. Found only on the island of Andros, this species is the most critically endangered oriole in the West Indies with an estimated population less than 300 birds. On June 8th, 2018, BNT Science Officer Scott Johnson, went to Andros to spend a...
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World Environment Day – June 5 – If you can’t Reuse it, Refuse it

“Beat Plastic Pollution “, the theme for World Environment Day 2018, is a call to action to combat one of the great environmental challenges of our time.  The theme invites us to consider how we can make changes in our lives to reduce the burden of plastic pollution on our natural places, our wildlife – and our own health.   The theme could not be more appropriate for The Bahamas, as Environment and Housing Minister Romauld Ferreira officially announced on April 24th his ministry’s initiative to ban single-use plastics and Styrofoam in the country by January 1, 2020 – a...
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Why hasn’t the Bahama Bananaquit been elevated to full species status? By Scott Johnson

    Bananaquit: The West Indian region is one of the most biologically diverse places on earth and is home to a wide variety of birds, 173 of which are endemic to the region. These birds are unique treasures found nowhere else on earth. In The Bahamas, we currently have six confirmed endemic birds (Bahama Woodstar, Bahama Warbler, Bahama Oriole, Bahama Swallow, Bahama Yellowthroat, and Inagua Woodstar). There are, however, several more birds that, in my opinion, warrant full species status. We currently have more than 20 native birds which are endemic sub-species to The Bahamas.  Research on some of...
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